FILM/TV

Sina Grace’s Self-Obsessed is Back For Season 2!

No Comments 19 April 2017

Comics author Sina Grace returns as himself in the webseries based off his own work, Self-Obsessed. by Daniel Barron     My relationship with comics author Sina Grace dates way back, pre-Yay! LA even. I first heard the name in my college years when he took over answering fan mail in the back section of […]

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FILM/TV, SHORT FILM THEATER

Short: “Are You Willing” w/ Erica Rhodes

No Comments 11 April 2017

Comedian Erica Rhodes writes and stars in a short about the sacrifices of art. by Daniel Barron     Dignity. Financial security. Healthy relationships. These are mere plastic frivolities in the face of THE CRAFT. Us artists, we know it. We live free. We’ve put on our They Live sunglasses and decoded the world for […]

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FILM/TV

Jessie Kahnweiler Talks Her Raw, Funny The Skinny

No Comments 21 October 2016

Writer/director Jessie Kahnweiler discusses her painfully funny webseries The Skinny, now available via Refinery29. by Daniel Barron   The pratfalls of making it and faking it as a Millennial have become well-tread ground in film, TV, and especially DIY online content. We persevere in the face of questionable internships, a noncommittal dating landscape, a fickle […]

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FILM/TV, SHORT FILM THEATER

Best of Yay! LA: Short Films

No Comments 26 September 2016

The collected Short Film Showcase from Yay! LA’s four-year history. by Daniel Barron   Our Best Of Yay! LA collections are almost finished! We’ll have one more for you this week besides a final recap post and a handful of pieces. Here is a convenient platter of the short films and mini docs that we […]

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FILM/TV

Review- A Savage 1960 Noir Reemerges w/ Private Property

No Comments 07 July 2016

A once-thought-lost 1960 film noir returns to cinemas with the bleak Warren Oates starrer Private Property. But does it still provoke today? By James Oliva   Distributor Cinelicious Pics has recently piqued the interest of cinefiles with their recent 4k restoration of the groundbreaking erotic anime Belladonna of Sadness. On the coattails of that psychedelic masterpiece, they have now cleaned up and reissued Private Property, a 1960 film noir that was completely lost until the UCLA Film & […]

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Male-Centric Movie Scenes Get Remixed w/ SWAPPED

No Comments 27 June 2016

Spotlight on the SWAPPED video series, in which iconic male-centric scenes get gender bent. By Daniel Barron   When a Nancy Drew pilot is rejected for being “too female” you know that the film industry has a diversity problem. In a post-recession, post-Marvel explosion world, “this much” money became quaint when the prospect of “THAT much” revenue looked […]

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belladonna of sadness

FILM/TV

REVIEW- A Lost Anime Gem Returns w/ Belladonna of Sadness

No Comments 12 May 2016

The never-before-released anime masterpiece Belladonna of Sadness at last surfaces with a 4k restoration and screenings all thru May at The Cinefamily. By Daniel Barron   Die-hard animation fans of the 80s and 90s remember a period when acquiring anime and film and TV properties often meant deep diving into bootlegs, conventions, and rare revival screenings. Today, the chasm […]

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atsuko okatsuka

FILM/TV, SHORT FILM THEATER

Short- “In Waiting” by Atsuko Okatsuka

No Comments 09 May 2016

Yay! LA presents the full documentary short of In Waiting, a portrait of generational bonds from Atsuko Okatsuka. By Daniel Barron   Last month, comedian and filmmaker Atsuko Okatsuka spoke with Yay! LA about her documentary short In Waiting, a portrait of generational bonds that screened as part of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. The film focuses on the connection shared […]

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FILM/TV

Atsuko Okatsuka Explores Family Matter w/ In Waiting

No Comments 22 April 2016

Comedian and filmmaker Atsuko Okatsuka discusses her documentary short In Waiting, premiering Monday, April 25th at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. By Daniel Barron   The standards and expectations of family may vary across time or culture but one constant remains: It’s an assignment, not a choice. We learn to live and grow […]

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julieta colas the magic bean

FILM/TV, SHORT FILM THEATER

Short- “Jack & the The Magic Beans”

No Comments 18 April 2016

No magical fowl were exploited in this animated retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk. By Daniel Barron   The following animation is the first of its medium we’ve showcased as part of Short Film Theater. This revisionist take on the classic Jack & the Beanstalk fable is actually intended as a promotional reel for Mexico-based […]

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